Sheffield’s unsung heroes - from fundraiser John Burkhill to former referee Uriah Rnnie - honoured with new awards

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Unsung heroes who make a difference to Sheffield’s society have been honoured with new civic awards.

The winners of the Sheffield Council awards range from former Premier League referee Uriah Rennie, to 10-year-old fundraising schoolgirl Storm Burgess.

The St Wilfrid's Centre in Queen's Road, Sheffield, held its annual Christmas party in May event on Friday (17 May 2013). Our picture shows Centre director Kevin Bradley and Santa, played by Dominic Maloney, the Centre's personal development manager, with a copy of the menu book.

The St Wilfrid's Centre in Queen's Road, Sheffield, held its annual Christmas party in May event on Friday (17 May 2013). Our picture shows Centre director Kevin Bradley and Santa, played by Dominic Maloney, the Centre's personal development manager, with a copy of the menu book.

John Burkhill, known as the ‘mad man with the pram’ for his daily walks to collect cash for Macmillan, is also recognised and the awards were set up after thousands of people backed a petition for him to get a star on the ‘walk of fame’ outside Sheffield Town Hall.

It was understood Mr Burkhill, aged 75, would not meet the Sheffield Legends walk of fame judging criteria of having ‘national, preferably international’ repute.

John, of Richmond, said: “It’s unbelievable, I don’t know how to put it in words.

“It’s unbelievable to me that people think this much of a daft old man pushing a pram around.”

Steve Peat - Cyclist

Steve Peat - Cyclist

Kevin Bradley was another winner for his 25 years of work, including with the St Wilfrid’s centre in Highfield, for homless and vulnerable in Highfield.

He said: “It’s a bit humbling isn’t it? It’s very nice for the staff, clients and volunteers who share it with me. I’m pleased for them and St Wilfrid’s, and a little bit embarrassed!”

Acres Hill Primary School pupil Storm Burgess, aged 10, gave her pocket money to animal charities, has raised almost £4,000 for good causes and has been a vegetarian for three years.

Proud mum Tracy, of Littledale, said she was shaking and filling up with tears when The Star broke the news.

She added: “I’m so happy - she doesn’t know anything about it. I can’t wait to tell her when she comes home from school. I am so proud of her.”

Other winners include community hero Ted Jenkins MBE, of Heeley, who died in August.

He was known for his work with youth clubs and his family will collect the award.

Broomhall 84-year-old Irene Hancock, who has fostered an incredible 250 children, is also honoured as is ex Premier League referee Uriah Rennis, aged 53 and of Stannington.

Irene said: “I loved looking after children so to get an award for doing a job I loved - words fail me.”

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Talib Hussain, who will meet all the winners, said: “It’s great to be able to recognise the hard work these people have carried out in Sheffield – often without any thanks or acknowledgement, but because they cared about their fellow citizens. This is a small token to say thank you.”

The 20 civic winners were announced at the same time as the next person to win a star on the walk of fame.

It will be Steve Peat, a world champion mountain biker who was born in Chapeltown and has held the global title on several occasions.

The unveiling ceremony for his star in the Sheffield Legends scheme - which has returned after a year’s break due to the Tour de France - will take place next month as he joins the likes of Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill and actor Sean Bean.

Former plumber and dad Mr Peat said: ”It is a huge honour to be selected by the people of Sheffield to join some of my heroes on Sheffield’s ‘walk of fame’.

“It is always great to be acknowledged by the people from my home town, as I have always been proud to represent Sheffield and this country wherever I’ve competed around the world.”

Steve is also involved with young cyclist academies and supports youth involvement in the sport.

Coun Hussain added: “Steve has proudly represented Sheffield around the world.”

The 20 winners

Kevin Bradley – 25 years serving homeless and vulnerable people at St Wilfrid’s Centre

Storm Burgess – fundraiser for animal charities

John Burkhill – fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support for 28 years

Daniel Evans – helped to put city on international theatre map

Glenda and Peter Giblin – play activities volunteers in Burngreave

Alan Hancock – working with young people to champion integration and cohesion

Irene Hancock – fostered over 250 children over 20 years

Joan Harding – community worker in Beighton for 40 years.

Diane Johnson – play activities volunteer in Burngreave

Ted Jenkins – youth worker at Herdings Community Centre

Nelson Kaggwa – community worker for over 25 years and organizer of UK Kidz

Yanina Koszalinski - play activities volunteer in Burngreave and Manor

Rev Bruce Lloyd – work with young and elderly people for 35 years and at St Wilfrid’s

Uriah Rennie – contributions to inclusive sport and many projects in Sheffield for over 20 years

Robert Strafford – active with various projects for young people over the last 14 years

Bobbie Walker – working with the homeless for 27 years recently with Street Pastors.

Tricia Watts – set up and co-ordinated Sheffield Street Pastors since 2009.

Ron Wiltshire – charity fundraiser for the British Legion

Adam Yusuf – community worker, particularly with the Somali community, for 20 years